Bantam Cub (T20B)

Bantam Cub (T20B)

Following the move of Tiger Cub production to the BSA plant at Small Heath, Birmingham as detailed in the 'History' section of this website, by 1966 the Tiger Cub model as everyone had known it was coming to an end. Plans had been put in place by BSA management to replace the standard T20 Cub with something else, although production of the 'Sports' Cub would continue for a little while longer. In some ways it made economic sense, as instead of having to produce two totally different frames and cycle parts, modified Bantam items would suffice to cover two totally different machines. The two-stroke Bantam and the four-stroke Cub.

The first of the new T20B models was announced in September 1965 and was made up of D7 Bantam cycle parts, the engine mountings on the frame being modified to accept the Tiger Cub engine along with provision for an oil tank. The Bantam petrol tank was used but with the Triumph 'mouth organ' badge. The exhaust pipe routed slightly differently and the silencer was changed also as the new pipe's entry into it had to be off-centre to the outside.

 

Gone was the famous Triumph Nacelle, to be replaced by a chrome plated headlamp. The wheels front and rear were 18 inch, although kept the same single-sided brake drums as the Tiger Cub.

It was in fact a good machine, it had the final development of the Cub engine and the chassis handled really well. The styling though was very different to the Tiger Cub's and perhaps one of personal taste.

 

Interestingly some sales brochures still listed it as a Tiger Cub without any reference to the T20B model code.

 

The two-tone colour of the T20B was Nutley Blue and Alaskan White.

Specifications

Production

Started:

21st December 1965

Finished:

8th July 1969

Numbers:

101 to 9708

(not continuous)

Engine

Type:

Single-cylinder OHV, unit construction

Capacity:

199cc (12.1 cu in)

Bore / Stroke:

63mm (2.480in) x 64mm (2.520in)

Compression:

7 : 1

Power:

10bhp (7.5 kW or 10.1 PS) @ 6000 rpm

Carburettor:

Amal Monobloc 375/61

Camshaft:

Standard - valve clearances In & Ex 0.010in (cold)

Clutch:

Wet multiplate

Gears:

4

Cycle Parts

Front Suspension:

Telescopic forks, hydraulic damped

Rear Suspension:

Swing-arm with twin shock absorbers

Front Wheel:

18 inch (WM1 rim)

Rear Wheel:

18 inch (WM1 rim)

Front Tyre:

3.00 x 18

(some adverts declared the size as 3.25 x 18)

Rear Tyre:

3.00 x 18

(some adverts declared the size as 3.25 x 18)

Brakes:

5.5 in dia. Single leading shoe drum front and rear

Petrol Tank:

2.25 UK gallons (2.7 US gallons or 10.23 litres)

Oil tank:

4 UK pints (4.8 US pints or 2.27 litres)

Gearbox:

1/3 UK pint (0.4 US pints or 0.19 litres)

Primary Chaincase:

1/3 UK pint (0.4 US pints or 0.19 litres)

Front Fork:

1/8 UK pint (0.15 US pints or 0.07 litres)

Electrics

Type:

Lucas Ignition Coil

Voltage:

6

Charging Type:

Alternator / Rectifier

Ignition Timing:

8° BTDC static. 32° fully advanced

Points Gap:

0.014in - 0.016in

Spark Plug:

Champion L7 or equivalent

Spark Plug Gap:

0.025in